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October 13, 2010

Senate body expresses concern over sale of spurious drugs

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AFP
October 13, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Health Kalsoom Perveen, while expressing deep concern over the drugs’ registration procedure, said on Tuesday that about 50 per cent medicines were spurious and sub-standard, which were being sold openly in the market.
Talking to journalists after chairing the Senate committee meeting on health at the National Institute of Health (NIH) here, she said that there was no check on the sale of such spurious medicines and asked the Ministry of Health to make the drugs registration process transparent to stop this illegal practice.
“They are playing with the lives of innocent people who are unaware of this filthy exercise.” She added the committee has suggested the Ministry of Health to make arrangements at the NIH for verification of standard of all medicines prior to registration while the institute can check such standard even after registration. She said the committee also took serious notice of the sale of hazardous herbal medicines on the recommendation of quacks and urged to have proper legislation in this regard.
Earlier, the meeting discussed the functioning of the drug control division and recommended that an effective system of checking the drugs was needed to prevent the spread of spurious drugs in the market.
It also called for a comprehensive plan to regulate the herbal medicines. The committee took cognizance of the fact that the qualifications, experience and expertise of the head of the allergy centre of NIH does not confirm to its function and recommended that the ministry should appoint its head with qualifications and expertise required for the said post.
The committee also discussed ways and means to make the institute more profitable. It, however, expressed its deep concern over the issue that the NIH officials sent abroad at government expense for training and study purposes have not returned so far despite the fact that they have signed a service bond. It directed the

institute to take appropriate measures in this regard to discourage such practices. The committee also discussed the utilisation of land in the possession of NIH.

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